MOORESVILLE, NC — Musi Racing will soon have a new state-of-the-art home near Mooresville Dragway. The race team broke ground in September on their new 9,000-square foot building located near the dragstrip and construction has progressed quickly since then. The scheduled opening date for the building is slated for early 2021.
The new building will be the race shop for the Musi Racing cars, which include the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart and the Edelbrock-equipped “Aftershock” Camaro, both driven by Street Outlaws star Lizzy Musi. Customer cars will also be kept at the new facility as they come through, while Pat Musi Racing Engines will remain in its current 10,000-square foot building near downtown Mooresville.
The two shops will be within ten minutes of each other, giving Pat Musi easy access to both, and a world of opportunities with the new facility.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun and we’ve got a lot of good ideas for this building. There’s definitely a lot of excitement coming,” Pat Musi said. “We were really crunched for space and this new building gives us a great spot for the race team and to set up cars for customers. It’s all coming together really well.”
MOORESVILLE, NC — Taking an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19 exposure at its facility, Pat Musi Racing Engines has postponed its open house, which was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 14.
The event, which will celebrate the company’s 50th year in business as well as another banner racing season, will be postponed to a later date. It was a disappointing decision for Pat Musi, but taking extra precautions and ensuring the safety of everyone during the ongoing public health crisis remained his first priority.
“It’s obviously frustrating to postpone this event. We had put a lot of time and effort into it, and we were really looking forward to interacting with all the fans and our partners,” Musi said. “But the health and safety of our team, as well as everyone who had planned on coming, takes precedence. It’s been a challenging year, but we’ll keep pushing forward and we look forward to having a great event in the near future.”
The open house will allow for fans to talk with Musi and his team, along with star driver Lizzy Musi, who will be on hand for autographs. Her Edelbrock-equipped “Aftershock” Camaro from the popular Street Outlaws television series and the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart will both be on display as well during the celebratory open house.
MOORESVILLE, NC — Pat Musi Racing Engines will celebrate another banner season and its 50th year in business with an open house at its facility, located at 379-B Timber Road in Mooresville, NC, on November 14. The open house will take place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will follow all COVID-19 guidelines from the state health department.
The event marks a thrilling opportunity for fans to talk with Musi and his team, and star driver Lizzy Musi will also be on hand for autographs. Her Edelbrock-equipped “Aftershock” Camaro from the popular Street Outlaws television series and the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart will both be on display as well during the celebratory open house.
“We’ve got a lot to show off, including a brand new race shop near Mooresville Dragway, and it’s a chance to give people an idea of what we do,” Musi said. “We wanted to do something like this to celebrate our 50th year, and it’s going to be a good deal all the way around. Plus, Lizzy will be here, so it will give fans a chance to see her. It’s going to be pretty cool and we’re looking forward to it.”
DINWIDDIE, VA — Musi Racing hasn’t had many opportunities to run the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart during the second half of the 2020 season, which is why the team is looking forward to this weekend’s PDRA World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park.
It marks the season finale for the PDRA and the first Pro Nitrous race Lizzy Musi and her team have attended since June. Musi Racing spent the bulk of the summer in the Midwest filming the new season of the Street Outlaws TV series on Discovery, but the group is ready for a strong finish to end an interesting 2020 campaign.
“It’s good to be back in this car and Lizzy is excited about driving,” Pat Musi said. “You like to go out running well to end the year. We’ve struggled at the last couple of races, but we’re getting there. This car has proven to be a little finicky, but it’s a lot faster in good air. We should have that, so that’s in our favor and I’m confident we’ll get it figured out.”
Musi raced at the COMP Cams Shakedown Nationals XVIII last month at VMP, but this marks the first PDRA race since early summer.
Smith rolled to the win at the NHRA Gatornationals in his Musi-powered Chevrolet Camaro, beating Mike Janis in the final round with a run of 5.801-seconds at 249.63 MPH, giving the Pro Mod legend his 16th career victory in the class. It also gave Pat Musi Racing Engines its third win in four races during the 2020 NHRA Pro Mod season, with each victory coming from a different driver.
Smith joins a list that already includes Jonathan Gray and Chad Green, putting Pat Musi Racing Engines in a marquee position so far this year.
“It was really good to see Rickie come through, and these nitrous guys working with us are kicking everyone’s butts right now. That means more to me than anything,” Pat Musi said. “We’ve got three wins in four races in the NHRA, Tommy (Franklin) is leading the points in PDRA Pro Nitrous, so it’s all good. Rickie’s a really good racer and he had a great weekend. I couldn’t be happier about the way our customers are running.”
Lizzy Musi will return behind the wheel of the record-breaking nitrous-assisted car for this weekend’s Shakedown Nationals XVIII at Virginia Motorsports Park, marking the car’s first on-track appearance since the PDRA Carolina Showdown at Darlington Dragway in mid-June.
A hectic summer schedule of filming for the Street Outlaws TV series on Discovery has kept the Musi Racing team busy, but the team has shifted its focus for this weekend and has big plans in the Pro Mod class.
“Lizzy’s excited, the whole team is excited and Frank is excited to see his car run,” Pat Musi said. “We know the car is fast and we feel good about going there. These cars are so on edge, but I think we’ve got something up our sleeve.”
Musi kept the exact details close to the vest, but the end goal — if the conditions present themselves — is to be the first big-tire nitrous Pro Mod to run in the 3.50s in the eighth-mile.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN — A picture-perfect weekend for Pat Musi Racing Engines ended with Jonathan Gray collecting his first E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod win in three years at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.
Driving a Musi-powered nitrous Camaro and filling in for multi-time champ Rickie Smith, who is still on the mend following back surgery, Gray went 5.850-seconds at 249.49 mph to defeated teammate Bo Butner, who also used Musi power to reach his first career final round in the class. It gave Pat Musi Racing Engines the perfect scenario of a winning car no matter who crossed the finish line first, continuing the strong 2020 campaign for Musi-powered customers.
“It was a win-win for us with that final round, and that brings you a lot of satisfaction,” Pat Musi said. “We’ve continued to work on our quarter-mile program and our cars are running well. Rickie and the drivers did a great job. It takes the whole team to make this thing work, and that means good drivers, a good setup and a good tuner. Everybody did their job and it was great to see.”